Water district approves plan to cut waste

All water agencies statewide must reduce their water usage by 25 percent, but four agencies in the Coachella Valley, rated among the highest per-capita water users in the state, have been ordered to reduce their water usage by 36 percent. The Valley’s water district has a strategy to meet the mandate, a plan with some regulatory heft, incorporating both fines and incentives to […]

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Long Beach prepares to meet state water restrictions

In response to California’s drought, many of the city’s public green spaces, including parks, campuses and lawns, are being converted from water-hogging designs to drought-tolerant landscapes. The push to cut water use comes as water agencies and Governor Jerry Brown issued water reduction mandates to municipalities across the state. Some lament the potential loss of real green grass, […]

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How rainwater may help save Long Beach from drought

Cal State Long Beach students proposed a plan to help conserve water for sites in a community garden organization, Long Beach Organic. If approved, their prototypes for rainwater catchment systems and fog harvesters will be applied in nine community gardens in the city. “The program is important in that it explores sustainable ways to interact with our natural environment without […]

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‘Agua 4 All’ in Kern County

Residents from Arvin to Lamont have endured years of scarcity of clean drinking water, mostly due to the high levels of arsenic and a lack of proper sanitation infrastructure. But a new initiative has launched to help locals get clean drinking water at several filling stations throughout the community. The initiative is opening 120 taps in two pilot locations – South […]

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‘Agua4All’ water campaign launches in Eastern Coachella Valley

‪‎Agua4All, a pilot project to bring clean drinking water to California, launched Wednesday in Thermal, Calif. The project will fund the installation of water bottle refilling stations, or “taps,” in schools and other accessible locations in rural communities where access to clean water is scarce. The eastern Coachella Valley is the first location to pilot the tap […]

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Water stations filling a need in Eastern Coachella Valley

Farmworker families living in the rural Eastern Coachella Valley know not to drink water straight from the faucet.  High levels of arsenic found in the groundwater here have forced residents to buy bottled water for drinking and cooking, an expensive and inconvenient necessity. But installations of clean water dispensing stations have started appearing at strategic locations throughout the Valley, offering families here something that people living […]

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Initiative brings water stations to South Kern schools

This fall, hundreds of “Drink Up” water stations will be installed throughout schools and public spaces in South Kern and the Eastern Coachella valley.  The Drink Up initiative is a one-year pilot program that will install hydration stations and water fountains in schools and public spaces. The water initiative is one part of a county effort to address unsafe drinking […]

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What are you doing to save water?

It has been five months since a severe drought led Governor Jerry Brown to ask Californians to use 20 percent less water. According to the Greenfield Water District, residents have reduced their water usage by 15 percent since last year. Youth reporter asked people, “What measures are you taking to conserve water?”  “We save water by not running […]

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